Wolves (Finally) Fire Rambis

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY BUREAU — Exactly 90 days after the Minnesota Timberwolves’ season ended, GM David Kahn has announced a decision regarding his head coach. The Wolves announced Tuesday that they have relieved Kurt Rambis of his coaching duties.

The timing of the announcement is curious, to say the least. Hang Time head honcho Sekou Smith has been blogging about Rambis’ status regularly since April, and the idea that he wouldn’t be back for the 2011-12 season has been out there for quite awhile.

Yet Kahn chose to wait until now to make the official announcement. And in doing so, he’s lost the opportunity to interview some of the best available candidates, guys like Mike Brown and Dwane Casey, who have already been scooped up by teams that decided not to let their current coach twist in the wind for three months. The timing will also make it difficult for the Wolves’ next coach to fill out his staff with available assistants.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, who first broke the news of Rambis’ dismissal, writes that candidates to replace Rambis include Bernie Bickerstaff and Kelvin Sampson.

But Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the Rockets have hired Sampson and J.B. Bickerstaff (Bernie’s son) as assistants under Kevin McHale.

With the Detroit Pistons still yet to name a new coach, former head guys Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson are still on the market as well.


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  1. Chris says:

    sorry about the misspelled word playing video games

  2. Chris says:

    They really need to let Kahn go it cant be that hard to be a gm of a nasketball team im 32 im no finshed with school and I can do a better job then he can hands down

  3. LakerFan 75 says:

    Lets look at this for a minute….did Rambis have the pieces to put together a winning record. Of course not…isn’t it funny that it is always the coach that gets the axe when in should be the GM that gets it. The GM bought the players to be on the team…not the coach….it is the GM who is to go out and get the players the coach needs for his system. Let the GM go and lets see what Kurt could have done with a players that are coming in next season. The team and owners won’t even give him a chance. Hope Kurt goes somewhere else and explodes taking the team further than the T-Wolves will go…know wonder the Lakers moved out of there. Good Luck Kurt wherever you go!!

  4. leirda says:

    finally!!!! at last!! LOL

  5. B. Musslemen says:

    I wasn’t overly impressed with Rambis…but Kahn has it wrong when he says fans want to see up tempo play…his implication is that this is to the exclusion of all else, which is incorrect in my opinion…fans want to see their team win more than they lose and that is the bottom line….so unless you have talent like Kobie or Dirk…you better have a strong defensive game to compete in the NBA….No one will come to the games if the Wolves are losing 120-110, but they will if they are winning 88-85. Kahn is in over his head, doesn’t seem to know much about the game, and is cause for hope for all of us that lack brains and talent that there is always someone out there stupid enough to pay big money to people like us…(GT).

  6. Sullyman says:

    Dave Joerger will make a great head coach for the T-wolves. He is a young coach with proven success. Five championships in seven years in three leagues. How about the improvement of the Memphis Grizzlies? Simply put, Dave is a winner and would be a great fit for the youngest team in the league. Bonus is that he is from Staples, MN.

  7. watcher says:

    Sounds like a good job for Adelman.
    Uptempo offense? Check.
    Good with young players? Check.
    Humbly accepts the crazy whims and decisions of team owners and GM’s? Check.

  8. jono says:

    now its time for kahn to go